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Western Fairy Tales Envisioned in Korean Illustration Style by Nayoung Wooh


What would the classic fairy tales such as Snow White and Beauty and the Beast look like if they weren’t conceived in the Western hemisphere? South Korean illustrator Nayoung Wooh shows us, by giving iconic characters complete makeovers and drawing them in the “manhwa” style. The beautiful, soft pictures show the familiar stories in a brand new light.

This blend of East and West features Aerial of The Little Mermaid, Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Snow White all wearing traditional Korean costumes and hairstyles. Also, a character like the Beast of Beauty and the Beast appears different than the animated Disney film had imagined him. Wooh instead depicts him as a majestic-looking tiger.

In addition to the fairy tales, Elsa from the popular movie Frozen is shown wearing a blue Korean hanbok. You can see more of Wooh’s handiwork via her Twitter, where she’s known as @Obsidian.







Nayoung Wooh blog and Twitter
via [Bored Panda, DesignTAXI, and Rocket News 24]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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